Losing Weight with ADHD

Jennifer Watts

Are you an ADHDer who is tired of trying everything to lose weight and having no lasting success or actual change? This is the podcast for you where we will talk about the connection between ADHD and weight, and all the things that go into bridging the gap to see weight loss success! Where the cookie cutter programs and guidance just don't seem to work for you - I can relate and I can help to guide you to finding your own way to real change!

You can reach your weight loss goals while living your life the way that makes most sense to you. No more trying to fit a square peg into a round hole! I'm your host Jennifer Watts, and I am a CPA, advanced certified weight loss, nutrition and life coach. I'll be here each week with new episodes for you! Find me on Instagram @jennwatts.adhd.

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Episodes

20. Diets and ADHD
Mar 28 2024
20. Diets and ADHD
Is losing weight and dieting the key to having a happier life? To feeling better? Is dieting the answer? In today's episode, I talk about dieting and ADHD. Here are some key points that I discuss: Feeling like you want to be done with something, especially losing the weight, is a totally normal way to feel and when you have ADHD, it can be really easy to fixate on losing the weight. When trying to follow a plan, like a weight loss plan, it can be overwhelming and can lead to burn out so much that you just stop following the plan. See: The What the Hell Effect. Dieting can become a part of your identity and sometimes when you get there, to the goal weight, you think you'll be happy. But what happens when you're not happy?It's very important to find out your why when it comes to weight loss. We have to choose which discomfort we're willing to be in because there is discomfort in looking inside yourself and there's discomfort in staying the same. Take a few minutes to think back to a time in your life when you felt pretty good. What was going on in your life? What things were you doing? What was different than it is now? Imagining your future self can be super helpful as well and how you want yourself to be in the future can be motivating. We have to approach dieting (and many other things) in a different manner, but it is doable and looking inward is totally worth it. You've totally got this! I'd love to hear from you! You can connect with me in the following ways: Instagram: @jennwatts.adhd Email: jennifer@jenniferwatts.ca I'd love to know if there's something you want to hear more about or if you want to let me know about your own experiences with ADHD and weight loss.
19. Self-Compassion, Weight Loss, and ADHD
Mar 21 2024
19. Self-Compassion, Weight Loss, and ADHD
In today's episode, I talk about something that I know you probably will understand, self-compassion. Sometimes things feel hard and you might not be very kind to yourself. I needed this reminder for myself, and I'm sharing it with you. I discuss what self-compassion means, what it is not, and why it matters in weight loss: Stephen Hickman defines compassion as "the awareness of suffering coupled with a desire to relive that suffering."Self-compassion is the act of noticing when you're struggling, recognizing that's actually part of being human, and then being kind to yourself rather than beating yourself up. Kristin Neff says that there are three elements that have to be present for self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.Self-compassion is NOT complacency or not showing yourself tough love, being overly permissive, self-pity and feeling sorry for yourself, or selfish and looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Why it matters with weight loss: Practicing self-compassion increases your mindfulness, so you're more aware of your actions, feelings, and thoughts. Mindfulness leads to change! This also leads to changing your perception of yourself (your mind, your body, your whole self) and this can lead to you wanting to care for yourself more. A study showed that having self-compassion can help engage in healthier weight loss behavior by helping them become less demoralized by setbacks. From Shahroo Izadi's book, she says "it is those who struggle to be kind to themselves who have the hardest time when they try to make lasting, meaningful changes to their eating habits." Find a way to be more self-compassionate that works for you. If it feels weird to you, try something a bit different! You've got this! Kristin Neff's book: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself Shahroo Izadi's book: The Last Diet: Discover the Secret to Losing Weight - for GoodI'd love to hear from you! You can connect with me in the following ways: Instagram: @jennwatts.adhd Email: jennifer@jenniferwatts.ca I'd love to know if there's something you want to hear more about or if you want to let me know about your own experiences with ADHD and weight loss.
18. Your Environment and ADHD
Mar 14 2024
18. Your Environment and ADHD
Today I talk about your environment and how it can affect your ADHD. How are your surroundings impacting you? Is that affecting your weight loss? Find out in today's episode! Some things I discuss are: If you are a person who is naturally more attuned to your environment, it can be exhausting, and it can impact your mood.More clutter can impact your mood and take up your mental energy, which can lead to overwhelm and being stressed out, which can lead to relief, perhaps with food. It's a chain reaction. A study by the Royal Australian College of General Practicioners found that people with extremely cluttered homes are 77% more likely to be overweight and that tidy homes have been found to be a predictor of physical health. When we have ADHD,  we are often blind to how clutter gets started. Clutter consciousness is a thing! What to do about the clutter: Start small! Picture your future self living the way you would love to live, what does that look like in terms of your environment? Work backwards in small steps to get there! Functionality - what does functionality look like for you in your environment? Developing your awareness around what makes you feel good and being aware of what's happening around you can lead to you making little changes here and there that lead you to your goals. There's a total connection between your environment, ADHD, and your weight loss goals! I'd love to hear from you! You can connect with me in the following ways: Instagram: @jennwatts.adhd Email: jennifer@jenniferwatts.ca I'd love to know if there's something you want to hear more about or if you want to let me know about your own experiences with ADHD and weight loss.